Trail conditions

Banff National Park

Important information

Be extra cautious when engaging in any activities to avoid injury and/or getting lost to help minimize the demands placed on emergency response, search and rescue teams, and on the health care system.

CAUTION! Avalanche danger

You are responsible for your own safety. Check the Avalanche Bulletin for the latest conditions.


Vehicle parking is limited to designated areas only. Roadside parking is prohibited. Signage and monitoring will be used throughout the park to inform the public of parking restrictions and encourage compliance.


Dogs are not allowed on some of the groomed ski trails. Refer to the information below for restrictions. Keep dogs on leash and under physical control at all times.

 

Wildlife and you

Although bears are denning during the winter, they can awaken at any time for short periods. Cougars, wolves and other wildlife remain active throughout the year. Travel in groups, make noise, carry bear spray and know how to use it.

Know before you go

Closures and restrictions

For a complete list of ongoing closures and restrictions, please visit our Important Bulletins page.

For more information, please contact us:

 Banff: 403-762-1550

 Lake Louise: 403-522-3833

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Banff Area Winter Walking Trails

Rating Trail Condition Comment Links
Easy Marsh Winter Loop Winter conditions. 26-01-2023: Compact snow; Icy sections.; Cleats recommended; Trail details
Easy Fenland Winter Trail Winter conditions. 26-01-2023: Compact snow; Icy sections.; Cleats recommended; Trail details
Easy Stewart Canyon Winter Trail Winter conditions. 26-01-2023: Compact snow; Icy sections.; Cleats recommended; Trail details
Easy Spray Winter Connector Winter conditions. 26-01-2023: Compact snow; Icy sections.; Cleats recommended; Trail details
Easy Johnston Canyon Winter Trail Winter conditions. 26-01-2023: Compact snow; Icy sections.; Cleats recommended; Trail details
Moderate Tunnel Mountain Summit Winter Trail Winter conditions. 26-01-2023: Compact snow; Icy sections.; Cleats recommended; Trail details
Moderate Sulphur Mountain Winter Trail Winter conditions. 26-01-2023: Compact snow; Icy sections.; Cleats recommended; Trail details
Moderate Sundance Canyon Winter Trail Winter conditions. 26-01-2023: Compact snow; Icy sections.; Cleats recommended; Snow covered sections; Trail details

Banff Area Snowshoeing Trails

Rating Trail Condition Comment Links
Moderate Sulphur Mountain Westside Winter Trail Winter conditions. 26-01-2023: Compact snow; Icy sections.; Snowshoes or ice cleats recommended; Trail details
Easy Tunnel Mountain Drive - Winter Winter conditions. 26-01-2023: Compact snow; Icy sections.; Snowshoes or ice cleats recommended; Trail details
Moderate Surprise Corner to Hoodoos Winter Trail Winter conditions. 26-01-2023: Compact snow; Icy sections.; Snowshoes or ice cleats recommended; Trail details
Easy Johnson Lake Winter Trail Winter conditions. 26-01-2023: Compact snow; Icy sections.; Snowshoes or ice cleats recommended; Trail details
Moderate Upper Stoney Winter Loop Winter conditions. 26-01-2023: Compact snow; Icy sections.; Snowshoes or ice cleats recommended; Trail details
Moderate Ink Pots Winter Trail Winter conditions. 26-01-2023: Compact snow; Icy sections.; Snowshoes or ice cleats recommended; Trail details

Banff Area Fat Biking Trails

Rating Trail Condition Comment Links
Easy Tunnel Mountain Multi-use Winter Trails Winter conditions. 13-01-2023: Flat packed; Studded tires recommended; Trail details
Easy Spray River East Winter Trail Winter conditions. 17-01-2023: Flat packed; Icy sections.; Studded tires recommended; Trail details
Easy Sundance Winter Trail Winter conditions. 13-01-2023: Flat packed; Studded tires recommended; Trail details
Moderate Tunnel Bench Winter Loop Excellent. 22-01-2023: Studded tires recommended; Compact snow; Trail groomed; Trail details
Moderate Banff Avenue Winter Trail Excellent. 22-01-2023: Studded tires recommended; Compact snow; Trail groomed; Trail details
Moderate Lake Minnewanka Winter Trail Winter conditions. 22-01-2023: Numerous trees down on trail; Compact snow; Studded tires recommended; Trail details

Banff Area Cross-Country Ski Trails

Recent tracksetting: Jan 19 - Redearth Creek; Jan 6 - Tunnel Mountain Winter Trails; Jan 5 - Sundance Winter Trail, Healy Creek Winter Trail; Jan 2 - Spray River West, Spray River East, Goat Creek; Dec 31 - Cascade Valley - Lake Minnewanka trailhead to Upper Bankhead, Lake Minnewanka to Cascade River Bridge; Cascade River Bridge to Stoney Creek;

Rating Trail Condition Comment Links
Easy Spray River Winter: West Trail Fair. 08-01-2023: Double trackset classic and skate; No dogs allowed; Icy sections.; Trail details
Easy Spray River Winter: East Trail Fair. 08-01-2023: Single trackset classic; Flat packed; No dogs allowed; Icy sections.; Trail details
Easy Tunnel Mountain Winter Trails Fair. 06-01-2023: Double trackset classic; No dogs allowed; Icy sections.; Trail details
Easy Cascade Valley Winter Trail: Lake Minnewanka Parking to Upper Bankhead Fair. 31-12-2022: Double trackset classic and skate; No dogs allowed; Freeze / thaw cycle; Icy sections.; Trail details
Easy Cascade Valley Winter Trail: Lake Minnewanka Parking to Cascade River Bridge Fair. 08-01-2023: Double trackset classic and skate; No dogs allowed; Icy sections.; Trail details
Easy Cascade Valley Winter Trail: Cascade River Bridge to Stoney Creek Good. 31-12-2022: Single trackset classic; No dogs allowed; Flat packed; Trail details
Easy Healy Creek Winter Trail Fair. 05-01-2023: Single trackset classic; Flat packed; Freeze / thaw cycle; Icy sections.; Debris on trail; Trail details
Moderate Brewster Creek Winter Trail Fair. 13-01-2023: Snowmobile packed; Thin snow cover over uneven surface. More snow is needed to cover rocks, roots and creeks; Trail details
Easy Sundance Winter Trail Fair. 05-01-2023: Double trackset classic and skate; Freeze / thaw cycle; Icy sections.; Tracks filled in with wind blown snow; Trail details
Moderate Goat Creek Winter Trail Good. 02-01-2023: Single trackset classic; Flat packed; Adhere to all posted warnings and closures along trails; No dogs allowed; Trail details
Moderate Redearth Creek Winter Trail Variable conditions. 19-01-2023: Single trackset classic; Flat packed; No dogs allowed; Trail details

Bow Valley Parkway Cross-Country Ski Trails

Closure in Mt. Protection campground area due to wildfire risk reduction activity.

Rating Trail Condition Comment Links
Easy Baker Creek to Protection Mountain Campground See comment section 18-01-2023: Trackset classic; Detour required due to wildfire risk reduction work in Protection Mt campground area; Smoke may be visible during burning of debris; Respect all posted notices and signs; Check the important bulletins for more information; Trail details
Easy Castle Junction Cross-country Ski Trails: Trail #1 - Castle Junction to Castle Mountain Lookout Variable conditions. 18-01-2023: Trackset classic; Trail details
Easy Castle Junction Cross-country Ski Trails: Trail #2 Variable conditions. 18-01-2023: Trackset classic; Trail details
Easy Castle Junction Cross-country Ski Trails: Trail #3 Variable conditions. 18-01-2023: Trackset classic; Trail details
Moderate Protection Mountain Campground to Castle Mountain Lookout See comment section 18-01-2023: Trackset classic; Detour required due to wildfire risk reduction work in Protection Mt campground area; Smoke may be visible during burning of debris; Respect all posted notices and signs; Check the important bulletins for more information; Trail details

Lake Louise Area Snowshoeing and Winter Hiking Trails

Winter conditions. Avalanche risk! When travelling beyond the marked trails, or past an avalanche danger sign, assume that you are in avalanche country - your group should be prepared with the appropriate knowledge, skills and equipment. For more information on winter travel and how to stay safe in the mountains, visit parksmountainsafety.ca

Rating Trail Condition Comment Links
Moderate "Highline" trail to Paradise Creek Winter conditions. 21-01-2023: Avalanche Risk rated as Simple Class 1 terrain - at km 1, the trail crosses the runout zone of an avalanche path which rarely runs; Snow covered; Snowshoes recommended; Deadfall on trail; Dogs on leash permitted; Trail details
Easy Lake Louise Lakeshore Trail Winter conditions. 21-01-2023: Snow covered; Cleats recommended; Trail details
Easy Fairview Lookout Trail Winter conditions. 21-01-2023: Snowshoe packed; Snowshoes or ice cleats recommended; Trail details
Easy Louise Creek Trail Winter conditions. 21-01-2023: Snowshoe packed; Snowshoes or ice cleats recommended; Trail details
Easy Laggan's Loop Winter conditions. 21-01-2023: Snow covered; Snowshoes recommended; Trail details
Moderate Mirror Lake, via Lake Agnes Trail Winter conditions. 21-01-2023: Avalanche risk: Sections of this trail cross avalanche terrain. Beyond Mirror Lake, the trail is rated as Challenging Class 2 for avalanche exposure and travel requires appropriate avalanche training and equipment; Snowshoes or ice cleats recommended; Trail details
Difficult Taylor Lake Trail Winter conditions. 21-01-2023: Snow covered; Snowshoes recommended; Avalanche danger beyond reaching the lake; Trail details

Lake Louise Area Cross-Country Ski Trails

Recent tracksetting: Jan 26 - Moraine Lake Road (to viewpoint); Great Divide Trail; Upper and Lower Tramline; Lower Telemark; Jan 21 - Campground Loop; Bow River Loop. Jan 20 - Fairview (single trackset). Jan 19 - Pipestone; Hector; Merlin; Drummond; Lake Louise surface; Upper Telemark; Peyto. Jan 18 - Townsite. Jan 13 - Lake Louise Shoreline.

Rating Trail Condition Comment Links
Easy Moraine Lake Road Good. 26-01-2023: Double trackset classic and skate; Avalanche risk: Beyond the viewpoint the trail crosses large avalanche paths.; Please walk, snowshoe or fat bike beside tracks set, not on tracks; When trailhead parking is full, access Moraine Lake Road via Upper Tramline trail and park at Lake Louise parking lot.; No dogs allowed; Trail details
Moderate Fairview Loop Good. 20-01-2023: Single trackset classic; No dogs allowed; Trail details
Easy Lower Tramline Good. 26-01-2023: Single trackset classic; Please walk, snowshoe or fat bike beside tracks set, not on tracks; No dogs allowed; Trail details
Easy Upper Tramline Good. 26-01-2023: Single trackset classic; Please walk, snowshoe or fat bike beside tracks set, not on tracks; No dogs allowed; Trail details
Moderate Lake Louise Loop Fair. 19-01-2023: Lake Louise Loop is made up of two separately maintained trails: Lake Louise shoreline and Lake Surface ; Lake Louise shoreline - good; Lake Louise surface is fair due to icy and slushy conditions; Trail details
Difficult Upper Telemark Good. 19-01-2023: Double trackset classic; No dogs allowed; Trail details
Easy Great Divide Trail Good. 26-01-2023: Double trackset classic and skate; No dogs allowed; Please walk, snowshoe or fat bike beside tracks set, not on tracks; Trail details
Easy Peyto Trail Good. 19-01-2023: Double trackset classic; No dogs allowed; Trail details
Easy Lower Telemark Good. 26-01-2023: Single trackset classic; No dogs allowed; Trail details
Easy Bow River Loop Good. 21-01-2023: Single trackset classic; Please walk, snowshoe or fat bike beside tracks set, not on tracks; Dogs on leash permitted; Trail details
Easy Campground Loop Good. 21-01-2023: Double trackset classic and skate; Dogs on leash permitted; Please walk or snowshoe beside tracks set, not on tracks; Trail details
Moderate Pipestone Loop Good. 19-01-2023: Single trackset classic; Dogs on leash permitted; Trail details
Easy Townsite Good. 19-01-2023: Single trackset classic; Dogs on leash permitted; Trail details
Easy Hector Good. 19-01-2023: Single trackset classic; Dogs on leash permitted; Trail details
Easy Drummond Good. 19-01-2023: Single trackset classic; Dogs on leash permitted; Trail details
Easy Merlin Good. 19-01-2023: Single trackset classic; Dogs on leash permitted; Trail details

Bow Summit Area on Icefields Parkway

Winter conditions. Avalanche risk! When travelling beyond the marked trails, or past an avalanche danger sign, assume that you are in avalanche country - your group should be prepared with the appropriate knowledge, skills and equipment. For more information on winter travel and how to stay safe in the mountains, visit parksmountainsafety.ca

Rating Trail Condition Comment Links
Easy Peyto Lake Viewpoint Winter conditions. 21-01-2023: Snowshoes or ice cleats recommended; Trail details
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